Dublin five piece Spies are a band I’ve been following for a few years now, so I’m delighted to be able to put them on in the Pavilion on Thursday, January 30. Michael Broderick, Neil Dexter, Conor Cusack, Hugh O’Dwyer and Jeffrey Courtney are never anything less than confident, with a searing mix of shimmering bass and guitars and verbose lyrics. On recent EP Distant Shorelines, they packed myriad ideas into just three songs, meaning it was a collection that thrives on return visits. There are nods to Queens of the Stone Age, winks to Morrissey and hints of the National, with an overarching post-punk theme evident throughout. Spies already stand out in the Irish scene as one of the most exciting and idiosyncratic bands around – 2014 should see them reach new heights. Spies play FOR FREE downstairs in the Pavilion on Thursday, January 30 – come see one of the most exciting live bands around! Here’s the poster – thanks to Aisling for the design work. Here’s the Facebook event page.


What others say about Spies:
‘A fine take on the far side of indie-pop” – Jim Carroll of The Irish Times

“Singer Michael Broderick calls out in a soulful purr over militant drums and agitated guitars. Throw in a handful of truly gorgeous melodies and you’ve got a world class performance on your hands” – Hot Press.

“Their new track ‘November Sun’, displays the same assured mastering of dynamics that the best rock bands have – the live-sounding production feels like you’re spying on them in their world effect rather than the band trying to game you into listening. Michael Broderick’s seasoned vocals are once again, key to their appeal.” – Nialler9

Their music offers a sense that the world is a place where big, frightening things happen, both on a large scale and a personal, intimate level. – Guardian

“With deep, swooping vocals that could easily replace Carson Cox’s on records by Merchandise, Dublin’s Spies put a grander, more atmospheric take on the Floridians’ wiry sound. Frontman Michael Broderick adds a baritone elegance to the likes of ‘November Sun’, post-punk done in Interpol’s overcast style.” – NME